Palma.—There will be 2'172 flights taking off and landing at Palma airport between 1st and 3rd August, carrying over 365'000 passengers, Central Government's Ministry for Public Works said yesterday.

Throughout Spain, the same sources said, 16'112 flights are operating carrying more than 2.5 million passengers over the same period; 825'119 (5'287 aircraft operations) yesterday, 824'544 (5'244) today and 873'571 (5'581) tomorrow.

Barajas airport in Madrid has the highest number of flights programmed which will ferry more than 520'000 passengers during the three day period.
A ministry statement confirmed that throughout August there will also be around 380 charter flights increasing the capital's connection along international air routes.

The heightened airport activity reflects the start of the official holiday month in Spain when many residents go away for an annual break. El Prat airport in Barcelona meanwhile has the second highest number of flights and passengers programmed - 2'697 operations carrying 452'000 people.

Following on after Madrid, Barcelona and Palma in terms of number of flights and passengers comes Malaga airport on the Costa del Sol with 1'028 operations and more than 167'000 passengers booked from yesterday until tomorrow.

The most popular destinations in Spain, said the ministry, are Madrid and the Balearic Islands whilst those in the European Union are Amsterdam, Paris, Lisbon, Rome, and London.

Outside Europe, the top holiday destinations are Moscow, Tel Aviv and Istanbul.
Because of the surge in passenger numbers, airports which are part of the Spanish National Airports network will increase services to the public including general information, cleaning and security. The Spanish National Airports Authority has recently said that it has had no choice but to put up airport taxes to pay for development for which there was insufficient government budget in previous years.